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Chocolate Mayo Cake

18 Auberne

One of our birthday rules is you get whatever you want for breakfast in bed and dinner. This is what my sweet girl wanted. She is my foodie girl xox

From Auberne` on her 18th birthday. "Thank you for all the happy birthday's and for letting me know I am normal, for having a hard time adjusting to changes." 



brie, chocolate, basil panini


orange juice



wild mushroom, panchetta (Italian bacon, yes, more bacon), bechamel lasagna

Cesar salad

olive oil bread

chocolate mayo cake with vanilla buttercream, lots of buttercream !!!


Chocolate Mayo Cake

Makes one thick layer or two thin ones. If you end up adding more water or mayo, use two pans.

I like a very moist, dense cake. I would not say this cake is dense but very moist. What I like about this recipe is it is very easy to make. It is one of the first cakes Chloe learned to make. No creaming butter, scraping bowl, fussy ingredients. A good beginner's cake.

2 cups flour

1/2 cup coco powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 TBL. instant espresso powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup water *see note

1 tsp. vanilla

Pre-heat oven 350F.

Grease and flour a cake pan. Sift together flour, coco powder, espresso powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredient's. Mix on medium speed till batter comes together. Pour into pre-pared pans. Bake 20-30 minutes, until when toothpick inserted in cake comes clean. Gently unmold from pan and set on rack to cool. After the cake has cooled ice with buttercream.

I really like Magnolias buttercream recipe.  


Since writing this recipe, I have changed the mayo I use and have found the recipe does not work as well. I did not think change the mayo would make a blog difference but I guess it does. You batter should be pourable, if it is not you can up the water a ⅟ᴣ cup. If your batter is still very thick trying adding up to a ⅟ᴣ of mayo! Because of this your baking time may be longer than the recipe call for!






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The birthday meals sound wonderful! I've had mayo cake before and it is delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe and a very Happy birthday to your daughter.


I wish I was one of your daughters! Lucky girls..

Yum, everything sounds sooo good.
I use the same buttercream recipe, delish!

Jill xoo

Lavender Dreamerl

OH MY! I'm having a birthday next week.... I may decide I NEED a chocolate cake, too! Sounds wonderful! You sure are sweet!


I really like this tradition that your family has....and I really like that buttercream recipe. It's a good one!

Kim of Thistle Dew Mercantile

Thanks Clarice! Kate will love it... she's a dairy-free kind of girl!

I remember the first time I tasted Chocolate Mayo cake. I was probably about 12 or 13, and I DETESTED mayonnaise, salad dressing, Miracle Whip, or anything that even remotely resembled it. But I LOVED that cake!

Kim :-)

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Lovely photos of Auberne! What a gorgeous young woman you have Clarice.

Now I have to tell you that my grandmother gave me a similar mayo choc cake recipe as a kid - and over the phone no less. She knew it by heart she had made it so much. I faithfully wrote it all down. Now I will need to go and find my notes. But my first thought was "Mayo cake? It sounds disgusting!" BUT it is the best and so moist, too.

Thank you for sharing!!!



Belated Birthday Wishes from Me!!
Sounds like the perfect menu to me.
Bring on the bacon!!!

Gumbo Lily

A girl after my own heart who loves bacon and chocolate!



Yum, a classic eggless cake with a twist --- the mayo, easily adapted to vegan by the use of Veganaise.



Yum, Yum, Yummy, Yum!!! And I ask you...is there any more perfect icing recipe than Magnolias???

Mari at Once Upon a Plate

Yummm! It's all good. I love Miss A's choices. :)


I will definitely try the cake recipe. Since learning my girl has a dairy allergy, it's hard to find really amazing desserts that don't require milk. This looks like a winner.


What a delicious breakfast she chose! And bacon for both meals - a girl after my own heart!



Trust me the lasagna was to die for, not like a regular lasagna. I'm so lucky I have dd's and gd's that like to cook and eat real food. Mom

Junie Moon

Oh my, how really delicious! Thank you, Clarice, for sharing all this.

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